closure

evermore (2020)

“closure” is the 14th track on Taylor’s ninth album, “evermore” (2020). It is a wild industrial-folk number with Nine Inch Nails-style drums in which the narrator lays into an ex who can’t stand the idea that she’s still mad at him.

“closure” is mostly written in 5/4 time, an untraditional meter that helps to convey a more dissonant feeling. The song is possibly about Taylor’s history with Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta. The pair was under intense scrutiny after refusing to let Taylor own her own the rights to her first six major studio albums.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Taylor confirmed that other songs like “my tears ricochet” and “mad woman” were inspired by her former Big Machine label boss Scott Borchetta and music industry bigwig Scooter Braun. “I found myself being very triggered by any stories, movies, or narratives revolving around divorce,” she said, while acknowledging that she had not experienced a marriage dissolution firsthand.

On “closure,” there are parts where Taylor’s vocals are filtered through the Messina, which is a vocal modifier that Justin Vernon uses a lot in his work with Bon Iver. Vernon was deeply involved in this album, even more so than “folklore“.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
It’s been a long time
And seeing the shape of your name
Still spells out pain
It wasn’t right
The way it all went down
Looks like you know that now

[Chorus]
Yes, I got your letter
Yes, I’m doing better
It cut deep to know ya, right to the bone
Yes, I got your letter
Yes, I’m doing better
I know that it’s over, I don’t need your
Closure, your closure

[Verse 2]
Don’t treat me like
Some situation that needs to be handled
I’m fine with my spite
And my tears, and my beers and my candles
I can feel you smoothing me over

[Chorus]
Yes, I got your letter
Yes, I’m doing bettеr
It cut deep to know ya, right to the bone
Yes, I got your lеtter
Yes, I’m doing better
I know that it’s over, I don’t need your
Closure, your closure
Your closure, your closure

[Bridge]
I know I’m just a wrinkle in your new life
Staying friends would iron it out so nice
Guilty, guilty, reaching out across the sea
That you put between you and me
But it’s fake and it’s oh so unnecessary

[Chorus]
Yes, I got your letter
Yes, I’m doing better
It cut deep to know ya, right to the bone
Yes, I got your letter
Yes, I’m doing better
I know that it’s over, I don’t need your
Closure, closure, your closure
Your closure

evermore by Taylor Swift (Republic Records, 2020)
General Information
Albumevermore
ReleasedDecember 11, 2020
Recorded2020
GenreAlternative
Industrial Folk
Length3:01
LabelRepulic Records
SongwritersTaylor Swift
Aaron Dessner
ProducersAaron Dessner
BJ Burton
James McAlister
Official Lyric Video
Official Audio